I came across this conversation string on my LinkedIn account yesterday. It is primarily about Archibus. There was a comment by an Archibus reseller in Raleigh who claims that Archibus dominates the IWMS market throughout the world. As a past user of Archibus, I have no doubts as to its Space capabilities but, in my experience in integrated solutions, I would tend to shy away from actually calling Archibus an IWMS solution as it falls short in a number of important FM operational areas. Which brings us to today’s questions.
1. What actually is an IWMS solution – is it WORKPLACE or WORK MANAGEMENT? What’s your definition?
2. What are the fundamental modules which make up an IWMS system and how do these differ from a CMMS, RPM, AM or CAFM system?
3. If an IWMS solution is “integrated”, should not all of the above components be integrated within ONE system, on ONE database and developed from ONE code stream?
4. If a company promotes its solution as IWMS (ie Integrated) and does not meet the above criteria (3), can it claim to actually have an IWMS solution?
This blog conversation has not been started to promote any turf wars between vendors and resellers, so don’t start. It has merely been designed to provoke discussion and hopefully provide some definitional clarity behind a loosely used term.
Thanks for your input!